EXCLUSIVE: Lena Headey lines up scary animated adaptation of Christian McKay Heidicker Scary stories for young foxes.
the Game of thrones star is committed to a character’s voice in an animated miniseries adaptation of the award-winning children’s horror novel and is co-producing it with Boat Rocker Studios.
His production company Peephole Productions, which struck a first-look deal with Boat Rocker last year, will produce with the company’s Kids & Family division.
Scary stories for young foxes is the coming of age tale of two young foxes, born from different families, whose youthful misfortunes bring them together. The eight interconnected stories explore the power of spooky tales, why we tell them, and how we respond to them.
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Headey and Christian McKay Heidecker will produce with Boat Rocker Studios and Untitled Entertainment.
“At our first meeting at Boat Rocker, I was asked what interested me and we started to talk about horror for children, how there was space for that, and not hesitate to put things dark and smart out there, ”Headey said. “Kids aren’t dumb, they know when we pick up on the scary elements, so I’m so happy to be part of a great team to bring Christian’s book to life in a way that feels authentic.”
“We are delighted to see the immensely talented Lena and Peephole Productions being part of what we consider to be a true family classic based on this incredible, spooky and heartfelt novel,” said Bob Higgins, EVP Content, Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family. “Lena’s involvement in this project further strengthens our solid roster of great Kids & Family titles designed for global audiences,” added Jon Rutherford, President of Boat Rocker Studios Kids & Family.
“I am more than thrilled that Mia and Uly are taking off on TV screens to chill a larger audience with the importance of scary stories,” added Christian McKay Heidicker. “I was worried that my book would be declawed – the scariest parts removed for sensitive viewers – but I have no doubts that Boat Rocker Studios and gravitational Ms. Headey will elevate this project to frightening sophistication.
Headey is replaced by CAA and TMT Entertainment Group.